On Saturday, Kordell Pillans became the first football player from Kodiak to appear in an NCAA Division I game.
Pillans, a junior for the University of Montana, played in the team’s 61-17 thumping of North Alabama at Washington-Grizzly Stadium in Missoula, Montana.
Pillans, a 6-foot-6, 333-pound right guard, helped No. 22 Montana motor to 530 total yards of offense — 296 through the air and 234 on the ground.
Down 17-16 at halftime, No. 22 Montana scored 45 unanswered points in the second half to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Pillans is the first Kodiak High School football player to play a down at the NCAA Division I level, but not the first to dress for a game — that honor goes to Michael Odell, a 2007 graduate of KHS.
In 2008, Odell, a walk-on freshman at the University of Tennessee, suited up for a game against Mississippi State — a 34-3 Volunteers win.
A handful of Kodiak players have played college football at lower levels, including Pillans, who played his first two seasons at Mesa Community College in Arizona.
Pillans, a two-star recruit, transferred to Montana during the summer.
Up next for Montana is a trip to Eugene to take on the No. 15 Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on Saturday.
The Ducks demolished Nevada 77-6 last week to improve to 1-1.
Saturday’s game between Montana and Oregon can be seen on the Pac-12 Network at 6:45 p.m.
Paul Winegeart produced a solid finish in his first collegiate race for Dallas Baptist University at the East Texas Cross Country Shootout Saturday in Commerce, Texas.
Winegeart, a 2019 graduate of Kodiak High School, placed 21st in a field of 60 runners. He was ninth overall for Dallas Baptist, turning an 8-kilometer time of 28 minutes, 44.6 seconds.
Dallas Baptist finished second in the seven-team field with a score of 38 points.
Winegeart, a mult-sport athlete for Kodiak, was the Bears’ top cross country runner last season. He placed 24th at the 2018 state cross country meet.
• Kodiak’s Raen Barcelon opened up her senior cross country season at North Central University (Minnesota) at the Twin Cities Twilight meet Aug. 30 in Blaine, Minnesota.
Barelon led the Rams with a 3-mile time of 23 minutes, 12.9 seconds, good for 107th place.
Barcelon is a captain for North Central this season. This is her fourth year with the NAIA squad.